Pete is the CTO at Knewton, where he and his team are working hard to get ready for the launch of our new SAT prep course. — If you’re a recent or soon-to-be college grad (or maybe you realized your undergrad degree in Art History ain’t gonna pay the bills) and you are passionate about computers and computer programming, here are my tips for becoming a successful practicing software engineer. Many of these things probably… Read more
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Knewton Launches First Online SAT Prep Course to Use Adaptive Learning Technology Affordable, Interactive Test Prep Course with Advanced Capabilities Provides Students Around the World with the Resources They Need to Ace the SAT New York, N.Y. — March 2, 2010 — Knewton, a leading online educational company, today announced the launch of its new SAT prep course. The course is the first in the industry to use adaptive learning technology to ensure that students… Read more
Data Sufficiency questions are often difficult to get used to, because they require an adjustment in your approach to math problems. When you went through math classes growing up, the end goal was always “Find the value of x” or “Find the area of this circle.” You were asked to give hard responses to these questions, and nothing mattered more than finding a definite value.
With Data Sufficiency, answering the question does not matter as much as the ability to answer the question. You are not primarily concerned with the final answer, but rather whether you have enough information to get you to that answer. For example, if you’re asked to find the value of x, and a statement tells you that 300x + 257 = 1345, you know that this statement is sufficient, because you can perform arithmetic on that equation to isolate x. Are you going to perform it? No, because it’s too complicated and you don’t need to! All you’re concerned with is whether you can find the answer.
The two portions of the Writing section on the SAT test the same rules. At Knewton, we break them down into a list called the Freshman 15. Your ticket to a sweet score on this section is to learn these rules. Think about it this way; if someone could give you every list of vocabulary word that could possibly be tested on your exam and you could ace the sentence completion section by memorizing a list of about 15 words, you’d be ecstatic, right?
What’s even more exciting is that the simplest rules, the ones that are the most easily memorizable, are the ones that are tested on the “hardest” questions. Why is that?
Rich is one of Knewton’s expert teachers, and his strategies can really boost your SAT prep. — No matter how much practice you do, and no matter how much you try to anticipate exactly what SAT test day will be like, you can’t really know what it’s like until you go through it. I should know: I’ve done it a few times, both for real and as an educator. But even though there’s no way… Read more
This post was written by Josh Anish. Josh is the Senior Editor at Knewton, where he helps students rock their GMAT preparation and offers guidance about the B-school admissions process. — Lots of students write in asking questions about the personal statement. And for good reason: This is your one shot to really introduce your personality to an admissions board. It’s like you’re running for President and you’re speaking at the convention. You get a… Read more
This is the first post from our friends at Word-Nerd.com. Vocabulary study is a big part of our SAT prep course, so we were excited to hear their thoughts on the subject. — How important is vocabulary study on the SAT? This simple question has recently become the subject of a great deal of debate in the world of SAT prep. When analogies and antonyms were dropped from the SAT, vocabulary became directly relevant to… Read more
We’re getting closer and closer to the launch of our SAT prep course. In the meantime, here’s a real-life tip: You have to learn SAT vocab words, but you don’t have to use them.
This post is from Linda Abraham, founder and president of Accepted.com. Also check out the Accepted team’s first post on our blog for tips on law school personal statements. — I have just finished reading Made to Stick by the brothers Chip and Dan Heath. I recommend it highly to those of you in sales, communications, or teaching. Quant jocks? You probably don’t need it. The authors researched and identified the factors that cause communications… Read more
This piece is from Andrew at CollegeEssayOrganizer.com. He’s been in the SAT game for years, and he’ll post here from time to time with college essay tips. — A lot of the time, the hardest part of a college essay is just getting started. Too many schools, too many questions, not enough time. Not to mention, the way the essay prompts are written, they make it seem like you need to know what your life’s… Read more